Governor Korane gets elders’ nod to run for a second term in Garissa

Garissa Governor Ali Korane may have an easy headstart to retaining his seat as he faces an opponent with questionable academic papers.

There are claims from the Awylian community that the former governor Nathif Jamah who was endorsed as the family flag bearer on January 22, by the council elders and professionals has no required qualifications to run for governor.

A dark cloud hangs around his candidature since there is no verified information on his academic papers which he allegedly got from Karachi University in Pakistan in 1984 yet his ID shows that he was born in 1969.

Allegedly Jama is said to have acquired another ID which indicates he was born in 1959 and he has been using it to get into politics.

Speaking to some of the members of his community who expressed fear of IEBC rejecting his nomination, they are worried as to why elders endorsed Jamah with his academic issues.

This comes after High commissioner to Botswana Muktar Shidiye was asked to step down in his favor. If IEBC goes by their previous assertion that they won’t clear politicians who have unauthenticated papers, then incumbent governor Korane will have an easy sailing coming August elections. 

In 2017, Police launched investigations on how former governor Jamah acquired his degree aged 15. This was after a man petitioned the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to investigate if indeed his papers were genuine. 

Going by the papers he submitted to IEBC, Jamah was born on January 1, 1969. The papers show he graduated from the University of Karachi, in Pakistani with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1984. This means he was 15. 

Mohamed Ibrahim through Githinji Mwangi and Associates Advocates wrote to the DCI asking for a probe. The letter was copied to IEBC and Commission for University Education.

Jama who vied on Wiper Party lost to Jubilee’s Ali Korane.  fraud and demands probe into the matter. The Commission for University Education had in May confirmed they recognize the University of Karachi.